When it comes to modern superyachts, everyone wants one of the world’s biggest — and almost everyone with $1 billion or more to spend on a vessel can probably afford a $300 million boat.
When the sun goes down, the big cash balloons can get cold — no one wants a boat that gets wiped out by the next passing ocean liner.
For the true super-rich, the smallest boat really is the largest. To relax in, for example, a $20 million yacht, you have to enjoy running water and oxygen, which would put your death margin much higher.
With few new big ships arriving to the market any time soon, 2017 brought many record-breaking yachts — some larger than 782 feet.
For an unscientific (well, at least statistically speaking) assessment of the largest yachts, we spoke to Andrew Seaton, editor of Yachts International magazine, and published here with his permission.
It’s rare that a group of world’s largest superyachts all moor at the same time, but it has happened a few times in the past. The record for largest superyacht was set in 2015, when the Seven Seas Boom set the Guinness World Record at an incredible 732 feet. With a price tag of nearly $500 million, including the price of a 172-foot helipad, that size is anything but typical. This year we expect to see a repeat of last year’s record-setter — but with an asterisk.
The three largest vessels in the world are owned by different groups — Peacock, Carl-Peter Moerland, and Feadship — but the largest boat in the record books is run by Peacock, or Ovation of the Seas. All are megayachts, but only Ovation sails in the northeast.
At a base price of $440 million, the ship stretches out to 955 feet and contains a whopping 12 decks.
1. Ovation of the Seas. Cost: $440 million, Base: 955 feet.
2. MSC Melody. Cost: $425 million, Base: 975 feet.
3. Nauticore. Cost: $440 million, Base: 955 feet.
4. MSC Constellation. Cost: $415 million, Base: 880 feet.
5. Windjammer – Unity of the Seas. Cost: $420 million, Base: 860 feet.
6. Yachts International Limited, Antwerp, Belgium. Cost: $430 million, Base: 840 feet.
7. Seadragon – Challenger, Dubai. Cost: $430 million, Base: 880 feet.
8. Seadragon – Falcon, Dubai. Cost: $420 million, Base: 880 feet.
9. Seadragon – Wheelhouse, Dubai. Cost: $420 million, Base: 880 feet.
10. Armada, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Cost: $410 million, Base: 840 feet.
(Note: Yachts International Limited, Antwerp, Belgium; BÃ¶rsvÃ¶g, Oslo, Norway; Feadship, Linz, Austria; Nauticore, Weerbass, Ostrava, Czech Republic; Thunderbird 27, Frankfurt, Germany; Seadragon – Falcon, Dubai, and Windjammer Unity of the Seas are owned by the same company.)
This story originally appeared on Cruise Critic. Copyright 2019